Thursday, January 29, 2015

Science

Bird enthusiasts tally 1,114 species in Myanmar, 20 of them previously unrecorded

YANGON, Myanmar — An extensive survey of birds in Myanmar has revealed nearly two dozen not known to have existed in the country, including a large black seabird with a ballooning red neck sack and a tiny black and white falconet with a surprised, panda-like expression.

Romney calls climate change a big challenge for US, says it needs global solutions

SALT LAKE CITY — As he considers a third presidential campaign, Mitt Romney said Wednesday night that one of the country’s biggest challenges is climate change and that global solutions are needed to combat it.
“I’m one of those Republicans who thinks we are getting warmer and that we contribute to that,” he said.

India counts more than 2,000 wild tigers in 2014 census, credits conservation efforts

NEW DELHI — India’s latest tiger census shows a sharp increase in the number of endangered cats in the wild, raising hopes that conservation efforts are working, officials said Tuesday.
The census conducted in 2014 found at least 2,226 tigers in forests across the country. That’s up from 1,706 counted in the 2010 census.

Study finds common chemical BPA found in plastics causes hyperactivity in fish

CALGARY — A University of Calgary study has found that a common ingredient in consumer products can cause hyperactivity in zebrafish.
Bisphenol A, a chemical used to make household plastics and epoxy resins, is produced in large quantities around the world.

Plant disease that affects canola found in Canada for first time: Canola Council

A disease that has reduced yields in some European canola crops by up to 50 per cent has been detected for the first time in North America in a Manitoba field.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said it has confirmed the presence of Verticillium longisporum among canola crop plots at a farm research station in the province.

More Earth-like planets spotted

WASHINGTON—Earth has a few more near-twin planets outside our solar system—tantalizing possibilities in the search for extraterrestrial life.
Astronomers announced Tuesday that depending on definitions, they have confirmed three or four more planets that are about the same size as Earth and are in the not-too-hot, not-too-cold “Goldilocks Zone” for liquid water to form.

Discarded Christmas trees fine new life as excellent source of vitamin C for goats

WESTBROOK, Maine — Christmas trees can be enjoyed long after they are discarded by a family. They’re a great source of vitamin C — for goats.
A farm in the northeastern state of Maine is extending an invitation to residents who don’t know what to do with their discarded trees.

Pittsburgh firm offers ‘moon mail’ delivery to help fund lunar rover mission in Google contest

PITTSBURGH — An outer-space delivery firm that is working with Carnegie Mellon University to put a privately owned lunar rover on the moon is offering to “mail” personal keepsakes to the moon as a way to help fund the partnership’s rocket launch.

Scientists: Lengthy slump in Great Lakes water levels is over, but long-term future uncertain

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Two unusually wet years have finally ended the lengthiest period on record of low Great Lakes water levels — a blessing for long-suffering cargo shippers and recreational boaters — although scientists said Tuesday it’s uncertain whether the recovery is temporary or heralds a trend.

Researchers show how stem cells are reprogrammed, should spur treatment discovery

TORONTO — A Canadian-led international team of researchers has begun solving the mystery of just how a specialized cell taken from a person’s skin is reprogrammed into an embryonic-like stem cell, from which virtually any other cell type in the body can be generated.

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